Saturday, October 22, 2022

Worship Schedule, News, & More from the MDI Partnership!

Thursday, October 20, 2022 

Weekly News from the Parishes of
St. Andrew and St. John,
Church of Our Father,
& St. Saviour

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Join Us for Worship
Sunday, October 23:
The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

Island-wide Shared Worship
10:00 am Holy Eucharist*
St. Mary's by-the-Sea, Northeast Harbor
Celebrant: The Rev. Steve Muncie

Click here to see the bulletin

If you are unable to attend a service on Sunday, you will see a link to the bulletin above for you to open and enjoy in a home service. 

*= this services will be streamed to our YouTube channel: 

You can always look to the online calendar to see the service schedule:

If you are looking for other online worship,
please visit (click on church name): 
St. Luke's Cathedral at 10 am
The National Cathedral at 11:15 am

Midweek Holy Eucharist on MDI
Wednesdays at Church of Our Father at 8 am

Using the readings appointed for the day in the Book of Common Prayer, 
we will have a service Holy Eucharist.
On the first Wednesday of the month, we use a Rite I liturgy.
Covid Precautions:

If you are exhibiting any of the symptoms of Covid,
please choose to attend a service online. 

Our Covid protocols will be followed:
Vaccinations expected, unless medically prohibited
Everyone masked indoors
Socially distanced seating is available, not required

Outdoor coffee hour, weather permitting
Sanitize your hands prior to receiving Communion. 

The Bread and Wine are both offered at Communion.  Receiving the Bread only is a full communion. If individuals wish to receive the Wine, they should sip lightly from the Cup from the Chalice Bearer. For safety reasons, Intinction - dipping the Bread into the Wine - is not an option. 

God bless you for keeping our church, our community, 
and our loved ones safe.
If you or a close contact tests positive for Covid, please let Mother Holly know so we can support you in your recovery and communicate with the community as necessary about their possible exposure to the virus while maintaining confidentiality and pastoral privacy.
The Necrology for All Saints Sunday, November 6
If you have a name you would like to have read during the service on All Saints Sunday, November 6, please email it to your parish administrator: Michele Daley at or Muffet Stewart at or
The deadline for receiving names is Monday, October 31 at 9 am. 
Thanksgiving Dinner baskets on MDI, 2022
It's time again to join with our neighboring MDI churches to assemble Thanksgiving Dinner baskets for island neighbors who could use a little help. 

This year St. Saviour's goal is to provide two canned items:
  • Cranberry sauce, 67 cans, and
  • Corn, whole kernel or creamed, 200 cans.
St. John's/Andrew's and Church of our Father will each contribute:
  • 200 cans of cut green beans and
  • 67 cans of cranberry sauce
for the 200 baskets that are needed. (Yes, each basket gets two cans of green beans.)

Please bring your contributions to your church and put them in the specially marked pew.  We must have all in hand by Sunday, November 13th

*** Want more information? Contact Pat Samuel, St. Saviour's, e-mail her by clicking here, Gen MacKenzie of St. Andrew's and St. John's, or Marilyn Kitler of Church of Our Father. (see the 3-parish directory for their contact information). 
Assisting at Services
Perhaps you would enjoy serving on Sundays! We would love your support for our worship services: Acolytes, Greeters/Ushers, Lectors, Intercessors, Altar Guild, Flower Guild and Officiants for Morning Prayer (at CoOF and SSP) and Evening Prayer (at St. John's). If you would like to help at any of our services, please contact the parish administrator of your church. Thank you!
Please Wear Your Name Tag to Church
Remember that wearing your name tag at worship is helpful to each other, Mother Holly, supply clergy, and to visitors! If you would like a new name tag, contact your Parish Administrator.
Pastoral Care Requests
Holy Communion: If you are unable to attend an in-person worship service and would like Holy Communion brought to you, please contact the church office (contact information is at the bottom of this email). We will arrange a time for the clergy, our Pastoral Care Associate Maribeth Payne, or a Eucharistic Visitors to bring the Sacrament to your home or hospital bedside.

Hospital Visits: If you or a loved one is in the hospital, please let Mother Holly know. She is glad to come visit you in the hospital or call you during your stay. 
Stay up to date with 2022 Diocesan Convention news
The 203rd Convention of the Diocese of Maine will convene online on Saturday, October 22. Clergy and delegates who are voting will meet via Zoom. The meeting will be livestreamed on YouTube for everyone to watch!

Finding Convention Information

Convention information is sent out in the weekly Clergy and Lay Leaders (CLL) email newsletter. We also have an all-in-one place diocesan convention webpage here. Scroll through to find the information you need.

If you'd rather subscribe to updates, all of the same info sent out in these enewsletters is also placed on our website's blog.

Afraid you missed something in a past newsletter? This page on the website lists all convention communications that have gone out. (To find it, type "Convention Communications" in the search bar.)

Finally, for all clergy and lay delegates, an "all you need to know" email will arrive in your inbox closer to convention time.

Important Convention Dates
  • October 22 Day of Convention (Convenes at 9 am) 
  • October 25 Convention Debrief (Town Hall 7 pm)
Upcoming Events and Dates
Now - October 23: SASJ Office Is Closed
October 25: St. Saviour's office is closed
October 26: Church of Our Father office is closed

Please call or email the offices if you have a need during this time.
We will be checking for messages.
Thank you!

October 23 - October 29: Mother Holly is on vacation

All emergency pastoral calls should go directly to Mother Holly at the Dolliver House phone: 207-244-8144 (which rings her cell phone).
Mother Regina is also on call for in-person emergency visits: 802-734-5133.
October 22: Diocesan Convention

Delegates, remember to register with plenty of time to receive the Zoom link. All can view the Convention at the YouTube channel of the Episcopal Diocese of Maine.
If you were elected a delegate an Annual Meeting, please register here.
October 23: Shared Worship
Island-wide worship  with SMSJ on the fourth Sunday of the month resumes on October 23, 2022
at St. Mary's by-the-Sea. 

The loose plate offertory collection at this service and the one in November at St. Saviour's will go to support the collection of funds for the holiday gift cards for local high school students. 
October 26: Bible Study with the Rev. Stephen Muncie Resumes 
We gather every Wednesday on Zoom from 10:30 am - 12 noon. All are welcome at any time.
Contact the Rev. Steve Muncie to receive the Zoom link at:
October 26: Join us for our monthly Taize service

October 30: Eucharistic Minister Training at St. Saviour's after the 11 am service and at St. John's
at 3:15-3:45 pm before 4 pm worship

If you would like to serve as a Eucharistic Minister / Chalice Bearer and did not attend the training on a Wednesday at Church of Our Father in September, please contact Mother Holly and attend this training on Sunday, October 30after 11 am worship at St. Saviour's or before 4 pm worship at St. John's, Southwest Harbor .
November 2: Outreach Meeting, 9 am 

The Outreach, Evangelism, and Mission committee meets every first Wednesday at Church of Our Father after 8 am worship. Please join us Wednesday, November 2! 

We will continue to discuss our local outreach projects, such as the Thanksgiving baskets and holiday gift cards we've participated in for many years, and the exciting initiative Hancock County NST, where we will collaborate with St. Andrew's Lutheran, Ellsworth and other faith communities, and the wider community to support two families from the Ukraine as they relocate to Hancock County for the next two years. This meeting can be attended in person or by Zoom: Click here.
November 5: Save the date for a memorial service for Ted Bromage at St. John the Divine at 1 pm
November 12: Praying through the Seasons
with Mother Holly

In the first of four workshops over this year on a Saturday at 10 am, we will discuss how to establish (or revive) a daily prayer practice and provide one another support in this desire. At this session held at St. John the Divine, we introduce two simple prayers with which to begin or end the day and explore using our senses to pray within the natural splendor of Creation on Mount Desert Island or wherever you live.

Register for this event by speaking with Mother Holly or emailing her at The Advent session on December 10 will be held at Church of Our Father, The Lent session on February 25 will be held at St. Saviour's, the Eastertide session on April 22 will be held at St. Andrew by-the-Lake. All workshops will be at 10 am on a Saturday for approximately one hour. 

Participants will be invited to join an optional, regular Zoom or in-person check in with Mother Holly or others for support in establishing a home prayer practice. Others may desire to meet individually with a partner of their choice more regularly. 
November 19 at 2 pm: "The Presence of the Past"
Baroque Lute & Guitar Concert to Benefit Episcopal Relief and Development

Freewill donations from this concert at St. John the Divine, Southwest Harbor will go to support Episcopal Relief and Development, both for Hurricane Ian Relief and the Gifts for Life holiday giving project of livestock and other essentials for community wellbeing around the globe.  
Why The Presence of the Past? To emphasize how past musical traditions can resurface. In the neo-classicism of Prokovief; or Jonathan Dove's L'Altra Euridice, which uses baroque instruments almost exclusively in this retelling of an ancient story. (I played theorbo in the US premier of this work at Bay Chamber some years ago.) The 'presence' of these older traditions can take many forms: architectural (genres or other structural elements, as in the Passacaglia that concludes Britten's Nocturnal for solo guitar); thematic (the Nin-Culmell variations on this program); instrumentation (Dove's L'Altra Euridice); text (Dominick Argento's Six Elizabethan Songs); to name just a few factors in play.
Mr. Burris will begin with original lute works by Denis Gaultier and Silvius Leopold Weiss, as well as transcriptions for lute of works by gambists Marin Marais and Antoine Forqueray.
The second half of the program features works for solo guitar 'in the style of' music of the Renaissance and Baroque periods, by the composers Joachín Nin-Culmell and Gerald Garcia. Mr Garcia's "Tombeau sur la Mort de Monsieur H" honors the late American guitar master, John Holmquist. (Preceding Mr Garcia's piece is the work that inspired it, Louis Couperin's "Tombeau de Mr. Blancrocher" for harpsichord, in an arrangement by Michael Lorimer.) 

November 19 at 4 pm: Evening Music Concert

Catherine Bull and Ann Sears return to St. Saviour's:
music for flute, piano, and soprano

Flutist Catherine Bull and pianist Ann Sears return to St. Saviour's for a second concert of music for flute, piano, and soprano, the third in the 2022-23 series of "Evening Music," on Saturday, November 19 at 4:00 pm. For this performance they will be joined by mezz-soprano Marcia Gronewold Sly, in a program centered on French music. The program will feature songs by Gabriel Fauré, and songs for voice and flute by Camille Saint-Saëns and Maurice Ravel. It will also include the rarely-heard "Sonatine" for flute and piano by Walter Gieseking, who although being German was world-renowned for his performances on the piano of French music and especially that of Debussy.

Catherine Bull is the flutist in the Baroque-ensemble Harmonie Universelle, and has played with Blue Hill Bach and with Music in the Great North Woods. Before coming to Downeast Maine, she was principal flutist for the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra and the Southern Crescent Symphony Orchestra in Atlanta. Ann Sears is Professor of Music at Wheaton College in Norton MA, and has performed often in Bar Harbor. Marcia Gronewold Sly is the founder and executive director of the Blue Hill Bach Festival; before coming to Maine she was active in the San Francisco Bay area, particularly as a performer with the American Bach Soloists and the San Francisco Opera.

The Evening Music series was inaugurated last year, to bring concerts of chamber-music to the year-round residents of MDI and the the Downeast region. The concerts take place one Saturday of each month (except December) at 4:00 pm in the sanctuary of St. Saviour's Episcopal Church in Bar Harbor, presented by the Friends of Music at St. Saviour's. The admission for all concerts in the series is free, but donations are requested from the listeners in support of the Friends of Music. It is required of all audience-members to wear a mask.

Outreach News

Supporting Partners Affected by Hurricane Ian

Web Statement

September 29, 2022

Episcopal Relief & Development is in close contact with Episcopal dioceses in the southern United States and Cuba in response to Hurricane Ian, which made landfall in Cuba on Tuesday and in southwest Florida on Wednesday.

In Cuba, the category 3 storm killed two people and knocked out power to the entire country. 

"The Episcopal Church in Cuba has mobilized its local disaster committees who are assessing the damage, and potential responses, in their communities," said Kellie McDaniel, Senior Facilitator, Training & International Development, Episcopal Relief & Development. "We pray for the people of Cuba who are living through several recent disasters."

Hurricane Ian intensified to a category 4 storm before making landfall again on Wednesday near Port Charlotte, Florida with winds of 150 m.p.h. As of Thursday morning, more than two million people were without power and a storm surge of up to 12 feet caused severe flooding. The storm also caused flooding in the Florida Keys after heavy rain on Tuesday night. It is expected to reach Georgia and South Carolina by Friday. 

Dioceses in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina have been preparing this week by checking in with communities in the storm's path, testing emergency communications systems and coordinating with area agencies. 

"Our partners in the southern United States have deep roots in the community and are using their relationships to assess the needs caused by Hurricane Ian," said Lura Steele, Program Officer, US Disaster Program, Episcopal Relief & Development. "We stand ready to assist in the coming days and weeks."

Please pray for the people impacted by the storm. Donations to the Hurricane Relief Fund will support Episcopal Relief & Development and its partners as they respond.

For over 80 years, Episcopal Relief & Development has been working together with supporters and partners for lasting change around the world. Each year the organization facilitates healthier, more fulfilling lives for more than 3 million people struggling with hunger, poverty, disaster and disease. Inspired by Jesus' words in Matthew 25, Episcopal Relief & Development leverages the expertise and resources of Anglican and other partners to deliver measurable and sustainable change in three signature program areas: Women, Children and Climate.
Ways to Support Those Suffering from Violence in Ukraine

Continue to pray for Ukraine and those in danger. 
Collect for Peace from the BCP:

Almighty God, kindle, we pray, in every heart the true love of peace, and guide with your wisdom those who take counsel for the nations of the earth, that in tranquillity your dominion may increase until the earth is filled with the knowledge of your love; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. 

Members of the Partnership parishes gathered in the first week of the month to discuss Outreach projects for the spring. There was a strong desire to focus our energies on promoting organizations that are helping those living in the Ukraine. Two organizations that are being recommended are:  

Episcopal Relief and Development
 is working closely with Anglican agencies and ecumenical partners to meet the urgent humanitarian needs of Ukrainian refugees in Europe. People quickly packed up and fled Ukraine to safety and are now in need of basic supplies and will need long-term support. Your contribution to the Episcopal Relief & Development International Disaster Response Fund will help provide clothing, food, water and other items. For more information on this organization, including instructions on how to give, visit: or call 1.855.312.4325

Save the Children: UKRAINE CRISIS RELIEF FUND Ukraine's children are in grave danger of physical harm, severe emotional distress and mass displacement. Save the Children is concerned for children caught in the middle of armed conflict, forced from their homes in freezing temperatures, and exposed to injury, hunger and cold. Your donation to Save the Children's Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund can help provide children and families with immediate aid, such as food, water, hygiene kits, psychosocial support and cash assistance. Together, we can protect children in crisis. For more information on this organization, including instructions on how to give, visit:

St. John the Divine, Southwest Harbor will host a prayer service for the Ukraine the weekend of the MDI Marathon: Saturday, October 15 at 2 pm. Invite a friend to join in this service. 
A helpful resource for evaluating charitable organizations is Charity Navigator:
Bar Harbor Food Pantry
Once again thanks to all who have given in these times.  The Food Pantry appreciates our donations. There is a collection spot for non-perishable food items at Church of Our Father and St. Saviour's. Volunteers will transport them to the BHFP.
Thank you for your support!    Brad Berry

Sunday Fellowship Outdoors

As the warm weather continues, we will be having time after the services of worship for fellowship outside.

If you are interested in assisting with refreshments for these times, please be in touch with the parish administrator of your church, and she will connect you with others assisting in this ministry within our community.

At St. John's, speak with Dianne McMullan.
At Church of Our Father, speak with Joanne Sousa.
Covid Task Force Update
Our MDI Covid Task Force meets regularly to discuss our protocols.
  • An area (not the whole worship space) will be marked off for Social distancing for those who want to sit in an area designated for this seating arrangement
  • To protect the most vulnerable, masking will required at all indoor gatherings for all people in attendance.
Note: Full vaccinations expected, unless medically prohibited. 

Covid Home Tests Extend Shelf Life

The US Food and Drug Administration has extended the dates for at home rapid tests for Covid. For more information and a list of test kits to which this applies, click here.

Growing in Faith
Weekly Sermons and More
The Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Sermon by the Rev. Holly Hoffmann at St. Saviour's, October 16, 2022  "Jesus told his disciples a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart. [...] And the Lord said, "Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God grant justice to his chosen ones who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long in helping them? I tell you, he will quickly grant justice to them. And yet, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?" (Luke 18:1-8)